May 2015


Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes several exciting FICP events. The sold out Education Forum, taking place June 24-26 at the JW Marriott Washington, DC and the Summer Symposium, being held at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal in Montréal, Canada, August 20-22, offer attendees a chance to stay connected during the busy summer months. We hope to see you at one of these FICP events, but take a look at other upcoming events if you're unable to make it to Washington, DC or Montréal.

Five Things to Know in May

  1. You can now locate specific documents within TheNetwork easier than ever with a newly implemented tagging taxonomy. Search for resources by area of interest, event type or category to access what you're looking for. Click on a specific tag to view all resources that fall within a category. Log in and get started today. 
  2. The FICP Education page has been updated with information from the upcoming Education Forum, Annual Conference, Summer and Fall Symposia. Explore the six areas of interest to learn more. 
  3. Successful Meetings recently released the results of a survey detailing 2015 site selection trends as they relate to event technology. See the results here
  4. The 2015 FICP Education Forum mobile app is now available. Simply click the "Events" banner within the FICP year-round app and select the 2015 FICP Education Forum icon. If you haven't downloaded the FICP mobile app, search "FICP" in your app store to access the association app. 
  5. Have you checked out TheNetwork lately? We've recently added a new digital ribbon feature used to recognize users for utilizing the tool in a variety of ways. Learn the ins and outs of digital ribbons here

2015 Annual Conference Offers Impressive Keynote Lineup

The 2015 FICP Annual Conference, taking place November 15-18 at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, offers an impressive lineup of keynote speakers including Sally Hogshead, Jearlyn Steele, Michael Dominguez and emcee Monique Marvez, in-demand education sessions and a unique cruise ship experience attendees won't soon forget. Take a look at the recently updated schedule for extensive education information and start planning your conference experience now. 

Secure Your Spot at the Upcoming Summer or Fall Symposia

Registration for the 2015 FICP Summer and Fall Symposia is now open. Both events offer superior education and focused networking opportunities in appealing locations. Choose the event that works best for you and secure your spot today.


Featured Strategic Partners

FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about 360 Destination Group and Disney Destinations. Click their logos to read our interviews with them.


TheNetwork Corner

  • The Planner Member group is hot with destination discussions, A/V ideas and more. Check it out here.
  • Hospitality partners: We're looking for more of you to volunteer to serve as a mentor. Learn more in Kelly's post.
  • Ask Ed sparked a conversation about audience engagement. Add your two cents.


FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Samantha  Barrett-Wallis, Manulife Financial
Taylor  Cortolillo, Ohio National Financial Services
Meghan  Hoyle, Commonwealth Financial Network
Mitchel  Jacobs, Nationwide Insurance
Ali  Mantia, Nationwide Insurance
Cara  Miller, CMP, Jackson National Life Ins. Co.
Elizabeth  Warwick, Liberty Mutual

Hospitality Partners

Despina  Athineos, W Fort Lauderdale
Steve  Bury, Freeman Audio Visual
Sarah  Calhoon, World Marketing Group
Teresa  Cardinali, Gastaldi Global Travel - Italy
Ashley  Davis, The St. Regis Atlanta
Michaela  Foley, SLS LUX at Baha Mar
Tommy  Geary, Vail Resorts Hospitality/Rock Resorts
Kelsey  Gernert, ECO Destination Management Services Aruba/Curacao
Justin  Griffing, Fourth Wall Events
Elizabeth  Henning, Swissotel Chicago
Anthony  Leggio, CPCE, Hosts Global Alliance New Orleans
Andrea  Locke, The Westin Cape Coral
Maxine  Lockhart, Vantage Hospitality Group Inc.
Kathy  Markarian, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Troy  Martin, Miami Air International
Leanne  McCartney, Omni King Edward Hotel
Paul  Nix, DMCP, CMP, CTA, Capers DMC
Rachel  Paisley, Red Velvet Events, A Global DMC Partner
Jeff  Pennington, Pixl Production
Bill  Perrine, Prestige Global Meeting Source
Dave  Stamas, Trump Hotel Chicago
Robin  Thompson, Business Events Canada
Robert  West, JW Marriott Washington, DC
Robert  Wilkin, Crowne Plaza Times Square